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Best TikTok of the Day: Man blasts anti-vax, anti-mask extremists and COVID deniers

Mooresville, N.C. — A 45-year-old man in Race City USA has a clear message to the anti-mask, anti-vax extremists and COVID deniers – all of whom are the main cause of the prolonged pandemic.

“If you don’t trust the medical field to prevent you from getting it, why do you trust them to cure you from it?” Jason Arena, 45, asks coronavirus and vaccine skeptics in the video.

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Twitter has permanently suspended Trump’s account

San Francisco — Twitter has confirmed that it has permanently suspended Donald Trump’s official account.

This was a result of the aftermath of the riots on Wednesday at Capitol Hill.

This has been a breaking news report.

Sharon Stone temporarily blocked from Bumble after dating site claimed her account was fake

Los Angeles — Sharon Stone, the star of Basic Instinct, was blocked temporarily by a women’s dating site called Bumble.

The site accused her of creating fake accounts.

Clare O’Connor, an editorial director at Bumble, replied to Ms. Stone.

The site then unblocked Ms. Stone.

Bumble is a dating site for women and women make the first move conversation-wise on the site.

Twitter shutters its MacOS app, will no longer work on March 18

Cupertino, Calif. — Twitter announced that it has removed its MacOS app.

On Friday, February 16, Twitter, through its Support account, said that the app is no longer in the MacOS App Store and that the app will stop working at 18:00 on March 18, which is thirty days from the day the tweet was posted.

If you want a good Twitter experience, you have options, below the fold:

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Emily McCombs and Logan Paul are two douchebags who should be banned from their respective accounts

Douchebags seem to come in pairs these days, do they not?

On Friday, December 29, 2017, Huffington Post editor Emily McCombs posted a violent tweet calling for androcide, that is, the mass killing of men.

And it is not the first time she has posted hate speech like the sort Twitter needs to get rid of.

Listen up douchebag women of the world: “Kill all men” is not a joke, it is not funny nor is it edgy. It is a threat and, at the very least, Ms. McCombs should be fired from all of her media gigs and banned from Twitter under the new hate speech rubric, which took effect on November 22, 2017.

And just when you thought nothing could top that, Logan Paul manages to outdo Ms. McCombs.

Mr. Paul, a YouTube star, posted a video of a person who killed themselves still hanging from a tree. Millions saw this grotesque video and YouTube has yet to do anything to him in this regard.

He apologized, but an apology just will not do. Google needs to close Mr. Paul’s YouTube account to send the message that this content will not be tolerated on YouTube.

Maybe people need to make a New Year’s resolution to not be douchebags. Apparently, that’s asking for too much.

If you solicit money from someone, you will be jailed for no less than ten years under this proposal – even if no sexual favors are involved!

Washington, DC – Thinking about messaging men for money via text or Facebook Messenger? That will cost you your freedom for a very long time, ladies.

Under a new amendment Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) introduced Monday evening, anyone who messages to solicit money for any reason from another person would be sent to a federal jail for ten years or more.

While Elizabeth Nolan Brown’s post notes that this proposal is about messages that lead to an act of prostitution, Goodlatte’s proposal goes far beyond that. It even criminalizes the simple act of planning a date using digital means.

Mobile network operators – AT&T Mobility, Cricket, MetroPCS, Page Plus, Sprint, T-Mobile, Tracfone Wireless (including Straight Talk and Net 10), US Cellular and Verizon Wireless – would be given a huge incentive to track your text messages and give your messages to government agents. Digital platforms would be given the same incentives to do likewise.

The amendment was offered as a companion to House Resolution 1865, introduced by Ann Wagner (R-Mo.). Both measures, which would repeal Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 outright, will be considered at any moment.

The underlying bill, which has 171 co-sponsors from both parties, would repeal Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and would open digital platforms to criminal and civil liability not just for future sex crimes that result from user posts or interactions but also for past harms brokered by the platforms in some way. So platforms that followed previous federal laws (which encouraged less content moderation in order to avoid liability) would now be especially vulnerable to charges and lawsuits.

Under current law, only the federal government has the authority to bring charges against mobile network operators, mobile apps and web services as much of the user-generated content (which is more heavily regulated under state laws) conflicts with the more lenient federal laws. If HR 1865 passes, it would allow for states to prosecute anyone, including web services and their third-party content creators, for monetary solicitation. No exceptions would be made under the proposal, which would make innocuous messages like one my longtime friend sent to a dude on Messenger on Sunday night a federal offense.

The underlying bill would repeal and replace Section 230 with a new federal crime of benefitting from participation in a venture engaged in the exchanges of money for any purpose, and makes it easy to hold all sorts of web platforms and publishers in violation.

Any “provider of an interactive service” who hosts user-posted information with reckless disregard that the information provided…is in furtherance of sex trafficking (or any exchange of money for any reason) or an attempt to commit such an offense could face a fine and up to 20 years in prison, the bill states. And nothing “shall be construed to require the Federal Government in a prosecution, or a plaintiff in a civil action, to prove any intent on the part of the information content provider.”

What that means is that my friend’s message to a man on Sunday night after promising to go through with her plans the previous night would nab Facebook on a federal charge under HR 1865.

And that’s not all. Her message would also get her prosecuted (if the dude lives in another state) and she could be jailed for 10 if Goodlatte’s amendment is approved as a companion to HR 1865. The Goodlatte amendment significantly expands on the Mann Act. Currently, the Mann Act only criminalizes sex work if the sex worker is a passenger in a vehicle and is being transported across state lines. Goodlatte’s amendment would expand significantly on that, declaring that whoever uses or operates a facility or means of interstate or foreign commerce or attempts to do so with the intent to exchange money for any reason would be subject to being jailed for ten years. The amendment additionally declares that anyone that “solicits or demands money from 5 or more persons” or “acts in reckless disregard of the fact that any monetary exchanges are in fact contributing to sex trafficking” could face a fine and up to 25 years of imprisonment.

Had my friend solicited money from at least five men who lives outside of South Carolina, she’d be facing 25 years in federal prison. And that proposal, if it becomes law, would apply to any monetary exchanges between people, even if no sexual favors are involved whatsoever.

These bills, as well as the Stop Enabling Sex Trafficking Act, are not only unconstitutional – these bills violate basic human rights. And the worst part about them? They do nothing to combat sex trafficking. All these bills do is drive dating ads further underground, making it both harder to rescue victims of sexual abuse and harder for willing adult sex workers to conduct business safely, while simultaneously enabling unscrupulous attacks on the Internet, putting an insane chill on all internet speech, and opening the way for even more government prying into everyone’s digital lives, even on feature phones.

As of 6:00 EDT today, Twitter will start suspending accounts for “creepshots” and other non-consensual nudity


San Francisco — At 6:00 Eastern Daylight Time (midnight Hawaii-Aleutian Time) today, Twitter began their first enforcements of more stringent policies.

What that means is that accounts can now be suspended from Twitter for posting “creepshots”-like photos. This would include photos from the infamous Bushwick event that took place in New York City in 2014, one which we called “Creepshots for Women”.

Also, accounts that share non-consensual nudity will also get suspended from Twitter. This includes non-consensual topless photos of women. Sharing non-consensual photos of a mother breastfeeding her child will not trigger a suspension as Twitter does not consider breastfeeding as nudity.

Also, Twitter announced that phase two of their more stringent policy combating abuse will take place at 6:00 EDT on November 22. At that time, accounts that threaten violence against others will be permanently suspended. Also on November 22, accounts that use hate symbols and post hate imagery will be suspended and face the possibility of a permanent suspension from the social media site.

The new policy, which is being rolled out in phases, was put in place after the #WomenBoycottTwitter campaign that lasted 48 hours, encompassing the dates of October 13 and October 14.


Twitter to roll out new features for reporting abuse, but will any of it arrive on Windows 10 Phone?


San Francisco — Reports are swirling about Twitter readying some new features to combat racist, misogynist and violent abuse on their social networking site.

However, as Windows 10 Phone users, we are left to wonder if we will be left out in the cold again.

As Windows 10 Phone users know, there is still no way to report abuse from the Twitter app, even as we both on here and on Twitter continue to push for a vital update from Twitter allowing us to report abuse from the app. Read the rest of this entry »

Twitter to pull its Vine app by April 28, 2017


San Francisco — Twitter is pulling the plug on Vine and as a result, its app will also be removed.

The Vine app was launched in 2013 on IOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone 8.x. They since pulled the app from Blackberry after the software maker orphaned their Blackberry OS in 2015.

Now, the app will be removed from the Windows Store soon. And you are thinking that switching to IOS and Android will help you keep this app. Wrong. The apps in the App Store and Google Play will also be pulled from their stores simultaneously with the Windows Mobile app.

Twitter writes in the Medium:

Since 2013, millions of people have turned to Vine to laugh at loops and see creativity unfold. Today, we are sharing the news that in the coming months we’ll be discontinuing the mobile app.

Nothing is happening to the apps, website or your Vines today. We value you, your Vines, and are going to do this the right way. You’ll be able to access and download your Vines. We’ll be keeping the website online because we think it’s important to still be able to watch all the incredible Vines that have been made. You will be notified before we make any changes to the app or website.

This is the latest in a slew of problems Twitter has had ever since 2012.

  • In April 2012, Melissa Brewer received numerous death threats after she participated in a UniteWomen event around Washington, DC.
  • In the summer of 2013, Laura Bates, the founder of Everyday Sexism, was inundated with rape and death threats due to her work.
  • Starting in 2014, Julie DiCaro and Sarah Spain have been on the receiving end of violent threats from manbabies who hate women talking about sports.
  • On January 22, Renee Bracey Sherman received thousands of death threats after she talked about her abortion and how it saved her.
  • This past summer, Milo Yiannopoulos sent his tens of thousands of abusive Twitter users after actress Leslie Jones, an African-American woman, after she wrote about the all-women reboot of Ghostbusters.
  • Also, during the summer, a Twitter user threatened to rape and kill Jessica Valenti’s four-year-old daughter.
  • About a month ago, Glenn Reynolds threatened peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters who were legally protesting along Interstate 277 in Charlotte.

And to cap it all off, Twitter laid off 9% of its workforce, most of them were from Vine.

So, will you miss Vine on your phone? Leave a comment.


Windows Central

Fair warning, dudebros: The Windows 10 Mobile Insider chief isn’t here for your sexist sh*t

Redmond, Wash. — About two months or so ago, Dona Sarkar took over as the Windows Insider for Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10 for PCs and Xbox One.

A German tweeter named Christian Gäng thought that just because Ms. Sarkar is a woman, she’d just do as he commanded.


Ms. Sarkar shut that disrespectful tripe down.


Awesome burn from the Insider chief.

Dona Sarkar is the best person of the day.

My Open Letter to Facebook about why I am joining Women, Action & the Media’s campaign

MENLO PARK, CA — Facebook should have expected this.

Yesterday, WAM! wrote an open letter to Facebook.  I am doing my own now.

Dear Facebook,

I am demanding swift and sweeping action addressing the representation of rape and domestic violence on Facebook.  Specifically, I call on you, Facebook, to take these following actions:

  1. Recognize speech that trivializes or glorifies violence against girls and women (and boys and men, for that matter) as hate speech and make a commitment that you will not tolerate this content.
  2. Effectively train moderators to recognize and remove gender-based hate speech.
  3. Effectively train moderators to understand how online harassment differently affects women and men, in part due to the real-world pandemic of violence against women.

To this end, we are calling on Facebook users to contact advertisers whose ads on Facebook appear next to content that targets women (and men, for that matter) for gender-based violence, to ask these companies to withdraw from advertising on Facebook until you take the above actions to ban gender-based hate speech on your site. Specifically, I am referring to groups, pages and images that explicitly condone or encourage rape or domestic violence or suggest that they are something to laugh or boast about.  Pages currently appearing on Facebook include Fly Kicking Sluts in the Uterus, Kicking your Girlfriend in the Fanny because she won’t make you a Sandwich, Violently Raping Your Friend Just for Laughs, Raping your Girlfriend and many thousands more.  Images appearing on Facebook include photographs of women beaten, bruised, tied up, drugged, and bleeding, with captions such as “This bitch didn’t know when to shut up” and “Next time don’t get pregnant.”

These disgusting pages and images are approved by your moderators, while you regularly remove content such as pictures of nude people, as well as photos of those who are breastfeeding.  In addition, political speech, involving the use of people’s nude bodies in non-sexualized ways for protest, is regularly banned as pornographic, while undeniable pornographic content – prohibited by your own guidelines – remains.  It appears that Facebook considers violence against women to be less offensive than non-violent images of people’s bodies, and that the only acceptable representation of people’s nudity are those in which they – especially women – appear as sex objects or the victims of abuse.  Your common practice of allowing this content by appending a [humor] disclaimer to said content literally treats violence targeting women as a joke.

At least 7 in every 10 women and 7 in every 25 men have experienced violence at some time in their lives. These numbers are staggering.  In a world in which this many girls and women — and an increasing number of boys and men — will be raped or beaten in their lifetimes, allowing content about raping and beating women to be shared, boasted and joked about contributes to the normalisation of domestic and sexual violence, creates an atmosphere in which perpetrators are more likely to believe they will go unpunished, and communicates to victims of both genders that they will not be taken seriously if they report.

One of the more disturbing things I noticed was this 2009 survey from the other side of the Atlantic, conducted by the Home Office Survey.  Among these items I found absolutely disturbing is that a combined 49% of all Britons say that the victim should bear some responsibility if she (or he) does not say NO to sex in a clear and concise manner – 51% of all women said that a female victim should be held responsible if she doesn’t say no clearly, 42% say that a female victim should be held responsible if she is doing what the US government would deem illicit drugs, 43% say that a female victim should be held responsible if she is flirting with men, 47% say that a female victim should be held responsible if she is a sex worker – including 47% of all men and 46% of all women, 41% say that they would not take action if a neighbor was a victim of domestic violence because they say it is none of their business – 34% said that they would not take action if it was a family member who was being abused – 43% said that they would not help a friend who was a victim of domestic violence.  A disappointing result: less than 5 in 8 Britons say that they would help a neighbor or friend who was a victim of domestic violence, while only 27 out of every 50 Britons say that they would help a family member who was a victim.

Although Facebook claims, not to be involved in challenging norms or censoring people’s speech, you have in place procedures, terms and community guidelines that you interpret and enforce. Facebook prohibits hate speech and your moderators deal with content that is violently racist, homophobic, Islamophobic, and anti-Semitic every day. Your refusal to similarly address gender-based hate speech marginalizes girls and women – as well as boys and men, sidelines my experiences and concerns, and contributes to violence against all of us – female or male. Facebook is an enormous social network with more than a billion users around the world, making your site extremely influential in shaping social and cultural norms and behaviors.

Facebook’s response to the many thousands of complaints and calls to address these issues has been completely unacceptable. You have failed to make a public statement addressing the issue, respond to concerned users, or implement policies that would improve the situation. You have also acted inconsistently with regards to your policy on banning images, in many cases refusing to remove offensive rape and domestic violence pictures when reported by members of the public, but deleting them as soon as journalists mention them in articles, which sends the strong message that you are more concerned with acting on a case-by-case basis to protect your reputation than effecting systemic change and taking a clear public stance against the dangerous tolerance of rape and domestic violence.

In a world in which hundreds of thousands of women are assaulted daily and where intimate partner violence remains one of the leading causes of death for women around the world — and one of the leading causes of death for men right here in the United States, it is not possible to sit on the fence.  I call on Facebook to make the only responsible decision and take swift, clear and sweeping action on this issue, to bring your policy on rape and domestic violence into line with your own moderation goals and guidelines.

NOTE: Most of this is based from a letter that Soraya Chemaly and Jaclyn Friedman helped write for the Huffington Post yesterday.

WAR ON BREASTFEEDING: Feminist Breeder admin suspended again for harmless breastfeeding photo

CHICAGO — In an outrageous move, Facebook suspended Gina Crosley-Corcoan, the admin of the blog the Feminist Breeder for one week last week, and again for another 168 hours just a few minutes ago.

Why was she suspended?

Because in each instance, Facebook took offense to photos of her breastfeeding.

As a both a nudist and a feminist, I am outraged over the fact that Ms. Crosley-Corcoan was suspended over a harmless photo.  The Huffington Post has more.

As Crosley-Corcoran says on her blog, the photo was generally well received — 1,500 people “liked” it and 40 people shared it.  But one Facebook commenter didn’t find the image or caption funny and left the comment: “Those are the kids that end up growing up to be sex offenders.”

Crosley-Corcoran screenshot the comment and posted it to her own blog.  The commenter reported Crosley-Corcoran to Facebook. Two days later, Facebook removed the photo for being “inappropriate,” and suspended Crosley-Corcoran from the site for three days. The blogger was outraged; she felt as though the photo did not violate Facebook’s rules at all.

In January of this year, when mother of three Emma Kwasnica found herself suspended from Facebook for posting breastfeeding images (over 200 of them, more specifically), a Facebook rep told The Huffington Post:

“We agree that breastfeeding is natural and we are very glad to know that it is important for mothers, including the many mothers who work at Facebook, to share their experience with others on the site. The vast majority of breastfeeding photos are compliant with our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities and Facebook takes no action on such content. However, photos which contain a fully exposed breast, do violate our terms and may be removed if they are reported to us.”

On February 7, 60 mothers staged a nurse-in at Facebook in Menlo Park, Calif. to protest Facebook’s ban on breastfeeding photos, much in the same manner that thousands of people in San Francisco staged a nude-in to protest an unconstitutional proposal that bans public nudity in the city.

I consider actions such as those taken by Facebook and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to be in direct violation of basic human rights.  Breastfeeding and nudity are NOT in any way, form or fashion pornographic.  People who think that breastfeeding and nudity are pornographic seriously need to be put in an asylum because there is something wrong with them if they think of breastfeeding and nudity in that manner.

Breastfeeding and nudity are NOT pornographic, they are NOT obscene, and they are perfectly NORMAL. It is way past high time for us to change the attitudes of Americans when it comes to these two issues.

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